We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

180+ arrests on Occupy Wall St. anniversary — in pictures

Click here to access article by Jerome Roos from Reflections on a Revolution.

The author posts more photos of the deterioration of dissent in the US. Is it possible now that the One Percent control all mainstream media versions and images of "freedom and democracy" in their New World Order, public displays of dissent will no longer be tolerated? Could it be that even the most peaceful displays of dissent is now verboten and any who engage in it will be subject to arrest? 

From this site and others (see this and this) we learn that the enforcers of the One Percent are employing a new method to intimidate protesters:
The NYPD learned from last year that kettling and mass-arresting 700 people on the Brooklyn Bridge only adds fuel to the populist fire of the movement. They've now resorted to random snatch-and-grab tactics, meant to disrupt group solidarity, stir up confusion and fear, and minimize media exposure. And given that thousands of Occupiers from across the country are in New York this weekend to celebrate the movement's 1-year anniversary, the snatch-and-grabs of September 15th, mainly targeted at journalists and originators of chants, are meant to do little other than intimidate the group and discourage others from marching on the 17th. [my emphasis]

In contrast to Amerika, people in many parts of Europe are still allowed to protest by the authorities. In Portugal we see dissenters turning out in massive numbers.